TOP TEN TUESDAY

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where a new top ten list hits the web every week!

This week our topic is …

TEN SFF SERIES I KEEP MEANING TO START BUT HAVEN’T

This list is a little different from those I’ve done in the past about series I intend to read or want to read or whatever.  At least, I’m going to treat it differently by only picking series I have seen reviewed and thought sounded interesting, BUT I’ve never added these series to my t-b-r list, purchased them or anything else.  They have remained a tempting series which I have not taken the plunge with.

Yeah, yeah, I know that is me splitting hairs, but I wanted a way to list some cool series I’ve heard about lately.  Several are ones I’m sure many of you have already read, but I haven’t.  A few are fairly new and might surprise you guys.  Hope you enjoy!

soldiers' redemption10. The First Cohort by M.R. Anthony

Captain Tyrus Charing and the men of the First Cohort have fought on the wrong side for as long as they can remember. They have travelled from one battle to the next at the bidding of the cruel Duke Warmont, fighting endlessly for a man they despise.

Now they want something different. They want to fight for the right people and for a deserving cause. There is hope for Captain Charing and his men – a saviour has come and she needs good, loyal soldiers in order to overthrow the Duke.

As the First Cohort try to pay for the sins of their past, they discover they’ve taken on far more than they could have imagined. They are unbeaten in battle, but the Duke does not care how many die, so long as he stays in power. Amongst his generals are sorcerers of great power, and an inhuman brute of callous evil, all of whom are eager to face Charing’s men.

valley of embers9. The Landkist Saga by Steven Kelliher

For hundreds of years, the flame-wielding Embers have been the last line of defense against the nightmare creatures from the World Apart, but the attacks are getting worse. Kole Reyna guards Last Lake from the terrors of the night, but he fears for his people’s future.

When Kole is wounded by a demon unlike any they have seen before, the Emberfolk believe it is a sign of an ancient enemy returned, a powerful Sage known as the Eastern Dark.

Kole has never trusted in prophecy, but with his people hanging on the precipice, he reluctantly agrees to lead the Valley’s greatest warriors in a last desperate bid for survival. Together, they will risk everything in search of a former ally long-thought dead, and whether Kole trusts him or not, he may be the only one capable of saving them.

cthulhu armageddon8. Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON is the story of a world 100 years past the rise of the Old Ones which has been reduced to a giant monster-filled desert and pockets of human survivors (along with Deep Ones, ghouls, and other “talking” monsters).

John Henry Booth is a ranger of one of the largest remaining city-states when he’s exiled for his group’s massacre and suspicion he’s “tainted.” Escaping with a doctor who killed her husband, John travels across the Earth’s blasted alien ruins to seek the life of the man who killed his friends.

It’s the one thing he has left.

the king's bastard7. King Rolen’s Kin by Rowena Cory Daniells

Byren never wanted the throne. It was destined for Lence, his twin brother, older by seven minutes and the rightful heir to Rolencia. But the royal heir resents Byren’s growing popularity, and in the court of King Rolen, the shadows are thick with enemies plotting revolution.

Darkness stirs across Rolencia and untamed magic of the gods wells up from the earth’s heart, twisting the minds of men with terrible visions. The touched must learn to control their gift – or die. Disharmony stirs within Rolen’s household, and as magic, madness and political machinations threaten to tear Rolencia apart, King Rolen’s children must do all they can to restore their father’s kingdom…

shadow prowler6. Chronicles of Siala by Alexey Pehov

 

After centuries of calm, the Nameless One is stirring. An army is gathering: giants, ogres and other creatures joining forces from across the Desolate Lands, united for the first time in history under one black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.

5. Newsflesh by Mira Grantfeed

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

hawkwood's voyage4. The Monarchies of God by Paul Kearney

THE WESTERN WORLD IS BURNING…

Even as cities and cathedrals are tumbling, their defenders crucified by the invading Merduks, the Faithful war among themselves, purging heretics and magical folk and adding to the flames.

For Richard Hawkwood and his crew, a desperate venture to carry refugees to the uncharted land across the Great Western Ocean offers the only chance of escape from the Inceptines’ pyres. The King’s cousin, Lord Murad, has an ancient log book telling of a free, unspoiled land…

nights of viljamar3. Legends of the Red Sun by Mark Charan Newton

 

An ice age strikes a chain of islands, and thousands come to seek sanctuary at the gates of Villjamur: a city of ancient spires and bridges, a place where banshees wail the deceased, cultists use forgotten technology for their own gain and where, further out, the dead have been seen walking across the tundra.

2. The Godless World by Brian Ruckleywinterbirth

An uneasy truce exists between the thanes of the True Bloods.

Now, as another winter approaches, the armies of the Black Road march south, from their exile beyond the Vale of Stones. For some, war will bring a swift and violent death. Others will not hear the clash of swords or see the corpses strewn over the fields. They instead will see an opportunity to advance their own ambitions. But all, soon, will fall under the shadow that is descending.

For, while the storm of battle rages, one man is following a path that will awaken a terrible power in him — and his legacy will be written in blood.

the emperor's knife1. Tower and Knife Trilogy by Mazarkis Williams

There is a cancer at the heart of the mighty Cerani Empire: a plague that attacks young and old, rich and poor alike. Geometric patterns spread across the skin, until you die in agony, or become a Carrier, doing the bidding of an evil intelligence, the Pattern Master. Anyone showing the tell-tale marks is put to death; that is Emperor Beyon’s law…but now the pattern is running over the Emperor’s own arms. His body servants have been executed, he ignores his wives, but he is doomed, for soon the pattern will reach his face. While Beyon’s agents scour the land for a cure, Sarmin, the Emperor’s only surviving brother, awaits his bride, Mesema, a windreader from the northern plains. Unused to the Imperial Court’s stifling protocols and deadly intrigues, Mesema has no one to turn to but an aging imperial assassin, the Emperor’s Knife.

As long-planned conspiracies boil over into open violence, the invincible Pattern Master appears from the deep desert. Only three people stand in his way: a lost prince, a world-weary killer, and a young girl from the steppes who once saw a path in a pattern — a path that might save them all.

Have you read any of these?  What did you think of them?  What other series should I add?  Let me know!  🙂

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11 Responses to TOP TEN TUESDAY

  1. That’s such a cool selection! I want to try ‘Winterbirth’ and ‘Nights of Viljamur’ as well – especially the first has been on my radar for ages.

    I tried Paul Kearney & Mazarkis Williams but unfortunately did not finish those books.. both not for me, i hope you like them more!

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  2. Bookstooge says:

    I read the first Godless World and never went back. It was grimdark before I knew that term. Also, I don’t seem to remember very much magic, just lots of blood, swords and medieval nastiness. But it has been years, so don’t take that as gospel 🙂

    I also read one of Pehov’s books, at about the same time as you I believe. Chasers of the winds. That work was bad enough so I never even considered reading another of his. Might have been the translators work, but I’ve read other russian SFF and didn’t have a problem [Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko].

    I’ve also tried RC Daniells but had enough serious moral issues that I didn’t go any further.

    Other than that, I haven’t even heard of most of these 🙂

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  3. Tammy says:

    I completely forgot about Mira Grant’s Newsflesh, that should have been on my list! I have to admit many of these are new to me, but I’m very curious about Cthulhu Armageddon.

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  4. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Mira Grant (the “secret identity” of Seanan McGuire), so I can strongly recommend the Newsflesh series: there is not much in the matter of blood and gore – thankfully – but you will find a very disenchanted observation of human nature… 🙂

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  5. I have a copy of Nights of Villjamur which has been sitting on my shelf for years, making me feel so guilty that I haven’t started it yet. I really should, especially since I love the one other book I’ve read by the author, Drakenfeld. I also really need to finish the Newsflesh series, I finished Feed a long time ago and haven’t had a chance to pick up the sequel.

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